Anarchy, My Dear

User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
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  1. Sep 16, 2015
    5
    Meh, it's ok. Least favorite Say Anything album. Has a few tracks I enjoy, and I don't dread listening to it, but unlike other SA albums there's little to draw me back to the songs.
  2. Sep 17, 2013
    5
    This wouldn't have been so bad if Bemis hadn't completely lied about its premise in the months leading up to its release. That being said, it's not very good either way. "The Stephen Hawking" and the title song "Anarchy, My Dear" are the crowning jewels of this release, and everything else feels like filler.
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66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Mar 28, 2012
    63
    Initially, the album seems to lack focus, save a steady burn of fury. But the anarchy's in the lack of cohesion, opening with the hand-clapping force of "Burn a Miracle" and progressing manically toward the melodic woe of "Peace Out".
  2. Mar 26, 2012
    50
    The problem is that the rantier Bemis gets about poseurs, the more he forgets to write hooks for his invectives, which strive for Real Boy's Broadway-punk propulsive grace, but strain under the weight of unsingable lines.
  3. Mar 22, 2012
    70
    The album creates a nice contrast between the pleasant melodies of the songs and the seething, dissatisfied lyrics that rest on top of them.